As Covid-19 cases and deaths are increasing in J&K, doctors in Kashmir Friday appealed to recovered patients to come forward and donate plasma to save lives.
Director Sher-i- Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) Srinagar, Dr A.G Ahangar appealed to recovered coronavirus patients to come forward to donate their plasma and serve humanity at large.
He said the recovered Covid-19 patients are the traumatized warriors, who too can help the administration in fighting and defeating the novel coronavirus.
“All the COVID-19 positive recovered patients can be the saviors of humanity amid this crisis. We appeal to the public at large to come forward for plasma donation from those who were detected positive and recovered from it,” Ahangar said.
The management team for Convalescent Plasma Therapy (CPT) would screen donors based on scientific principles of quantum antibodies detected in the donors.
This method has a simple premise. The blood of people who have recovered from an infection contains antibodies that have learned to recognise and fight the pathogens, such as viruses that have caused disease.
Doctors say the medical procedure is being used to treat the novel coronavirus disease across the globe amid the coronavirus crisis.
As per doctors, CPT has tremendous scope in the line of management for saving precious lives that have been debated by the recently constituted Apex Advisory Committee for Covid-19 Management Protocols in J&K.
SKIMS conducted its first-ever plasma therapy on a 3rd-year postgraduate resident who recovered from the illness.
Similarly, Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) said recovered patients are eager to donate plasma saying the government should inform people.
“Plasma therapy can help save precious lives. It is time to motivate people to donate plasma. There is no harm to donor,” said president DAK, Dr Suhail Naik.
He said convalescent plasma contains antibodies which specifically act against viruses and are used in a patient who has acute infection to directly neutralise the virus.
“Plasma infusion has a good outcome and decreases oxygen requirements in moderate to severely sick coronavirus patients significantly. It is a very old treatment. It had been used against diphtheria in the 19th century,” the DAK president said.
The doctor’s body appealed to the administration to open a plasma donation control room saying patients are eager to donate, but they don't know how to donate.
Jammu and Kashmir has so far reported more than 150 deaths while more than 9500 people have been infected by the novel coronavirus.